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Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
  • WE91
14.5% ABV
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  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

Sourced from high-elevation vineyards overlooking theRussian River where grapes ripen evenly and fully, PaulDolan Vineyards Zinfandel is a lively, concentrated winetasting of blackberry jam, orange marmalade and a dashingaccent of cracked black pepper.

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Packed with juicy berry flavors, this outgoing wine blends great freshness and pure grape flavors with a lip-smacking texture of tannins and acidity that keep it well balanced. It resembles black berry, raspberry and boysenberry juices, has a tangy mouthfeel and lingering, tingly finish.
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Paul Dolan Vineyards

Paul Dolan Vineyards

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Paul Dolan Vineyards, Mendocino, California
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Paul Dolan Vineyards wines are unique expressions of carefully nurtured vineyard sites made manifest in each bottle. In organic farming, we do without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system.

Our winegrowing practices create small lots of elegant wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live, and the people who live here.

Paul Dolan Vineyards – Premium Organic & Biodynamic Wine from Mendocino County.

Mendocino

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A large and diverse appellation within California’s North Coast AVA, Mendocino is home to several smaller sub-regions—most notably the Anderson Valley. This scenic region, with rolling hills covered in redwood forests as well as vineyards, is one of the world’s top producers of certified organically-grown grapes. Due to wide geographical and climatic variation, a vast array of wine styles can be found here.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its importation to New England by George Gibbs, probably in 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

RRM73854_2013 Item# 141352